PIXIV ALMANAC Announcement and Gallery!

PIXIV ALAMANAC brings Hatsune Miku and Black?Rock Shooter to North America!?
UDON brings hundreds of talented creators to print in English with PIXIV ALAMANAC

In stores April 18th, 2012

TORONTO: Featuring over 2 million members, PIXIV is Japan’s ultimate online art community. The web site allows creators to show off their work, share feedback, collaborate on projects and grow into even better artists. Finally, PIXIV ALMANAC, the popular series of artbooks showcasing these talents will make its way to North America this spring, courtesy of UDON.

PIXIV ALMANAC collects the artwork of nearly 200 artists from Japan, Korea, and around the world, some of the PIXIVcommunity’s most talented members! It showcases a wide variety of artistic styles, from colourful manga and anime-influenced illustrations to cutting-edge CG and digital painting, a beautiful collection for art fans and tremendously inspiring for fellow-artists! In addition, each page offers links to further work and personal websites, and many even include a personal message from the creators! It’s a peak inside the world’s largest online gathering of artists!

BONUS: PIXIV ALMANAC is the first English-language book to feature several massively popular Japanese properties!

HATSUNE MIKU: “Born” in 2007, Hatsune Miku is a Japanese virtual idol—a computer generated singing sensation who has sold out shows on both sides of the Pacific. Created by Crypton Future Media as the ‘face’ of their synthesizer software, Miku’s popularity continues a meteoric rise around the world! PIXIV ALMANAC is the first English-language book to feature Hatsune Miku, and the book features a selection of the over 200,000 Miku drawings posted to PIXIV, as well as a double page feature entitled “Miku Append” introducing the character, software, and goods!

BLACK?ROCK SHOOTER: A character created by artist “Huke” and posted to the PIXIV website, Black Rock Shooter’s stunning character design and original art inspired music, thousands of illustrations, an OVA, TV anime series, video games, manga, and more! The dystopian science-fiction heroine has become a symbol of the power and promise of PIXIV worldwide, and the character appears in dozens of illustrations and a special two-page appendix in PIXIV ALMANAC!

Featuring nearly 200 different artists and nearly a thousand pieces of original artwork, PIXIV ALMANAC is a must-own artbook for anime, manga, Japanese culture, and art fans around the world!

Release date: April 18, 2012
Price (U.S.): $39.99

ISBN: 1-926778-35-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-35-8
Diamond: SEP111258 

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 258, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long

Check out this huge gallery of amazing art from the pages of PIXIV ALAMANC: